Jimmie Johnson on his final NASCAR Cup season: ‘There’s so much excitement in my heart’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — No matter what happens in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Jimmie Johnson will retire as one of racing’s greatest drivers ever with a record-tying seven championships and 83 wins. But he’s not about to let up now. 

Johnson announced in November that he’ll retire from full-time Cup racing at the end of the 2020 season — which opens with Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX) — although he’s made it clear he’s not done competing and is open to trying out other styles of racing.

But for the next nine months, his focus is on bouncing back from a recent two-year slump and winning (at least) one more Cup Series race, which would move him into a three-way tie for No. 5 all time with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison.

His first checkered flag since 2017 would also automatically qualify him for the playoffs and give him a shot at a record-breaking eighth championship.

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